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Issue 201008

Free From the Law of Sin and Death

Over the almost thirty years of this ministry, we have been asked many questions. Two of the most asked questions are: Where do we stand concerning the law, and should we worship on Saturday to fulfill God’s law? In Genesis we read:

    “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.”  Genesis 2:2       

    It should be clear to all who read His Word, that God completed His creation on the sixth day, and that He will be finished with His creation at the end of the sixth day of our time. So the seventh day was not a day of the week, but the Seventh Day is a period of time.  Paul explained this Seventh Day when we will all enter into God’s rest in his letter to the Hebrews. Are we to keep the law, or any part of the law? To answer this question we will look at God’s Word. In his letter to the Galatians, Paul declared:  “Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?” Galatians 4:21. The word hear means “to comprehend or understand.” Those who keep Saturday as their Seventh Day, do not understand what they are doing in light of the other Scriptures concerning the Law.  Paul makes it very clear:

    “But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”  Galatians 3:23-24

As Paul declared, the Law was only our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ the Anointing. It is the Anointing that justifies our faith. Paul continues:

“But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” Galatians 3:25. After faith has come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster, or we are no longer under the Law. Paul also declared:  “But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.”  Galatians 5:18. If we are led by the Anointing, then we are no longer under the Law. Those who keep Saturday as their day of worship are not led by the Holy Spirit Anointing.

    Paul goes on to explain: “For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.”  Galatians 5:3-4. Those who want to keep any part of the law are debtors to do the whole law. Then God’s Anointing has no effect in their lives. And God’s Word very distinctly declares those who try to be justified by the law are fallen from God’s grace.

    The apostle James also declared:  “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all”,  James 2:10. If we try to keep any part of the law, yet offend in one point, then we are guilty of the whole law.

    Paul explained in his letter to the Romans, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death,”  Romans 8:2.  The law we are to follow is the law of the Spirit of life. Christ Jesus has made us free from the law of sin and death. Under the old law there was no forgiveness of sin. One could only placate sin with their animal sacrifices. Only in Christ do we have forgiveness of sin.

    In his letter to the Philippians, Paul declared, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus,”  Philippians 3:14.  Paul was in constant pressing towards the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus.

    Paul continued his revelation to the church at Rome, “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth,”  Romans 10:4.  If we are true believers, then the Holy Spirit anointing has brought an end of the law in our life. But if we are a non-believer, then we will try to please God by keeping a part of the law or all of the law.

    When Jesus came to this life, He made a new covenant with His people. Paul related to the Hebrews, “In that He saith, A new covenant, He hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away,” Hebrews 8:13. The law was part of the old covenant, and the old covenant has waxed old and is ready to vanish away. It becomes confusing - - - when God has made it so clear - - - why anyone would want to go back under the old law which has vanished away.  God is very clear. Those who try to keep the old law, or any part of the law, have fallen from the grace God has so generously bestowed upon His people. 

    In his letter to Timothy, Paul makes it very clear that those who keep people in bondage under the law do not realize what they are doing, “Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm,”  I Timothy 1:7. Those who teach that we need to keep part of the old law are keeping their people in bondage. Ancient Israel could not keep the old law, and those who teach the law do not understand what they say or what they affirm. The word affirm means “to assent confidently.”  Those who sit under these teachers need to get free, and look to God for their direction and teaching. Praise God!


As always in Christ,

George and Jeannie Kirkpatrick

 

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